The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is to resume its march towards the capital today, exactly a week after it was halted following an assassination attempt on party chief and former prime minister Imran Khan.
Senior party leader Fawad Chaudhry in a tweet announced that the PTI will "start the journey from the same place in Wazirabad where the assassination attempt on Imran Khan was made"
تحریک انصاف کا #حقیقی_آزادی_مارچ آج پھر وزیر آباد کے اسی مقام سے سفر کا آغاز کرے گا جس مقام پر عمران خان پر قاتلانہ حملہ کیا گیا تھا،تحریک انصاف کے کارکنان اس سازش کے خلاف سراپا احتجاج ہوں گے تین بجے ہم جلسہ گاہ ہوں گے عمران خان کا خطاب 430 منٹ پر براہ راست ویڈیو اسکرین پر ہو گا
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) November 10, 2022
He also said that Imran will address the rally via video link at 4:30 pm today.
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The long march was halted last week after the party chief sustained bullet wounds to his leg following an armed attack on his container, as he led the ‘Haqeeqi Azadi March’ in Wazirabad.
While he recovered from his wounds, the PTI chief had announced that he would not be joining in person but nonetheless said that the party will resume the march "from the place in Wazirabad where I [Imran] and 11 other people were shot, and where Moazzam was martyred,” he had added while citing the name of PTI supporter Moazzam Gondal, who was killed in the attack.
It was later clarified that the march will take off at 2 pm on Thursday (today).
A day earlier, the party had again changed its plans for the long march by splitting it in two.
The first procession will continue from Wazirabad and will be led by PTI Vice Chairperson Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
The second rally will depart from Toba Tek Singh on Friday (tomorrow), with the party's secretary general Asad Umar leading it. It will travel from Toba Tek Singh to Jhang and then to Faisalabad.
The two groups are to converge before entering Chakwal.
The announcement for the resumption of the long march came as the country was rattled by protests by PTI supporters who spilled onto the streets in various cities against the assassination attempt at the PTI chief’s life.
Citizens and commuters face difficulties as PTI continues its sit-in for the fourth day.
According to Express News, protesters have set up protest camps on five main highways including Murree Road in Rawalpindi. The main and most used highway was completely blocked from Shamsabad, due to which citizens were facing severe problems.
Those traveling to Islamabad from Murree Road are facing inconvenience while people going to offices and other destinations have been facing traffic jams in large numbers.
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The traffic police have issued an alert to the citizens saying that Murree Road was a diversion near the Shamsabad stop due to the PTI's protest.
Alternatively, Syedpur Road, Commercial Market Kuri Road can be used. Old Airport Road was also open for traffic from both directions.
According to the traffic police, Main Peshawar Road and Mall Road was also open for traffic, while IJP Road was closed for all types of traffic towards Islamabad. Alternatively, Main Peshawar Road, Westridge, Chauhar Chowk, Marble Factory Road, Golra Mor, Srinagar Highway were open for traffic.
Meanwhile, educational institutions in Rawalpindi remained closed for the third day today despite district administrations ordering all educational institutions in Islamabad to remain open as all the roads inside the federal capital were open. The district administration has also issued a notification regarding keeping educational institutions open.